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Saturday, April 18, 2015

a wander at Maudslay

It was a sunny day, a day of wind, blue skies, and a temperature that brought a hint of spring.

I headed to Maudslay State Park for a walk in the woods with a hope of seeing flowers. It's still early in the season but I did find color adorning the ground. Some of the tiny flowers of early spring were flourishing, daffodils were in bloom, and skunk cabbage was showing (new) bright green leaves.

glory-of-the-snow, a splash of purple

The trails were dry, sometimes surrounded by patches of very wet ground. I managed to keep my feet out of the muddy spots, watching the ground as I walked at the same time that I was watching for pops of color.

More photos from today's wander can be seen in the gallery Maudslay State Park - 2015.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Here's a spring flower wearing a winter name, snowdrops...

I don't remember noticing these beautiful spring flowers before last year. How could I have missed them?

snowdrops, a welcome sign of spring

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

focused flight

This bee knew exactly where to find pollen. The early spring bloom of a crocus is a good target for his focused flight.

focused flight

Sunday, April 12, 2015

tiny flowers

My morning walk destination was The Stevens-Coolidge Place. I headed there with crocus on my mind; I was rewarded by seeing crocus popping out of a grassy field.

Today's flowers were all small, wearing purple, white, and a bit of blue. I was happy to see crocus, snowdrops, and glory-of-the-snow.

crocus wearing stripes of purple and white

It's probably a good thing that I was the only person visiting the flowers (for quite a while) since I spent a bit of time on hands and knees to place my camera in line with the crocus. By the time I left my knees were quite wet and wearing a few streaks of mud!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

to Halibut Point

With the temperature edging into the 50s and the wind howling my thoughts turned to finding a good walking destination for today. We're coming into mud season; I wanted a place that didn't involve traipsing down wet and muddy trails.

My choice? I headed to Halibut Point State Park in Rockport for a circle around the quarry and a walk on the rocks by the sea. The wind was so strong that it was hard to stay upright at times. Luckily the inland part of the park was a little calmer.

I don't know why I was surprised when I found the water in the quarry was still wearing a coat of snow and ice.

ice slowly melting

The gallery Halibut Point - 2015 is the home of more photos from today's visit.

Friday, April 10, 2015


It's chilly outside, rainy too. Even with the cool temperature the water in the air is a good sign of spring. It's crocus season!

crocus in yellow

Wednesday, April 08, 2015


On a small rocky outcropping just south of Odiorne Point (on the New Hampshire coast) I found stacks of rocks placed by humans. I wonder how long the sea will allow these to stay in place.


Tuesday, April 07, 2015


It's time to dream of traveling. Denise has a long weekend visit to Acadia planned early in May but she hasn't made any plans for any further away destinations. I guess I need to start looking into interesting destinations and leaving the information showing on her computer. What do you think? Would that help her decide?

As always I'm looking forward to wandering in Acadia. That's one of Denise's favorite places, and it's turned into one of mine too. I do hope that there is enough warmish weather between now and when we head out to uncover the ground in the park.

As of April 2: All areas of the park are covered in heavy snow and unusual amounts of ice. Most areas of the park are inaccessible for this reason. Please use extreme caution while traveling in this area.

from the Acadia National Park Current Conditions page

If there is still snow remaining we'll just have to think hard about where in the park we can (and should) wander. Funny, I think Denise would like to visit the park in the winter sometime; I wonder if we'll see winter in the spring?

--- Rover

dreaming of travel!

Monday, April 06, 2015

in the window

I love the animals who live in the window at Canine Cupboard in Portsmouth, NH.

in the window, at Canine Cupboard

Sunday, April 05, 2015

slow melt

Today was a bit calmer than yesterday with a matching temperature and slightly less wind. It felt like a good day for a walk along the coast.

I headed to New Hampshire, stopping just south of Odiorne Point to walk on both the ocean and the inland side of the road. Although most of the snow is gone there are still swaths of white under trees and along the edge of the road, with ice continuing to cover the edges of (inland) pools of water.

melting slowly...